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Pet Parenting Classes

Bringing home a new dog or puppy is a special time. Making certain your home and family are prepared for the pet is paramount. To help keep dogs and owners together, Animal Care & Control offers a free 90-minute Pet Parenting class held at the shelter the third Saturday of each month. Pet parenting doesn't come easy for everyone especially a first time pet owner who might not understand normal stages of dog development.

Pet Parenting targets new dog owners with basic animal care information. The program also benefits dog owners who might need to troubleshoot specific behavior issues. At any stage it's important to focus on consistencies. The lecture with video style class covers:

  • crate training
  • housetraining
  • chewing and jumping
  • basic house manners that every dog and owner should learn.

Of course it wouldn't be an Animal Care & Control presentation if we didn't also share information on spaying and neutering, city pet registrations, city leash laws, and pet vaccinations.

Pet Parenting sessions are offered on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Each class is free to the public although donations to the adoption program are welcomed.                              








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  1. Select one of the class dates below.
  2. Call: 260-414-3507 or
    email Adoptionhelp@cityoffortwayne.org
  3. Dogs do not attend - owners only!


At Animal Care & Control: 3020 Hillegas Road.

Third Saturday of the month from 9am-10:30am

DATES: August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19

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Dear Animal Care & Control,

"We loved your class. The kids even picked up on so many things from the videos!!  Coty has sure been a blessing to me and my kids.  My husband is warming to him more and more too!! We've had less chewing and he consistently is letting us know when he has go potty by going to the door and barking!! Thanks for the free class!"

Schuman family

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3020 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne IN 46808
After 8 p.m. and on weekends and holidays, call 449-3000 for assistance.
Fax: 260-427-5514

Closed Mondays FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 30-minutes before closing to allow sufficient time for processing.

Adoptions are Open: Tueday, Thursday, Friday 12:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.
1st & 3rd Sat 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Adoption Office: 260-427-5502

Business Office Hours:

11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday

Officer Assistance

6:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Mon-Sun
1:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. Emergencies